Oh, no – More Fill Dirt

The lake is perfect – perfect level, perfect temp. We swim almost every day for an hour or so and my only complaint is that the fishing could be better. I’m doing lots of manual labor in the jungle and being able to just strip down and dive in makes it all workable.

What manual labor would that be? I just had another full load of fill dirt delivered after swearing I would never do that again. A full load is 20 yards or about a jillion wheel barrows full. What’s happened over the past years is that the fill I did on the path to the dock has slumped such that the path is now rolling and there are too many exposed roots just waiting for someone to trip over. Think Nancy. I also cleared a major swath of jungle a year or so back to improve the view of the lake from the house and that needs to be filled. I wasn’t concerned about that because it was only to enhance the view but it turned out to be a tempting pathway which is a bit dangerous because of the stumps and roots. I’m going to set myself some daily limit, either a number of loads or a time but I’ve promised myself not to overdo it. We are coming up on October so it will be cooler or not so hot and we don’t have any big social event scheduled that would force the issue. I even borrowed my neighbor’s small wheel barrow so I can’t shovel a load to big to move without risking a hernia. If things hold true to history, the only muscle discomfort I’ll endure is a sore neck. I must have weak neck muscles and rolling a heavy wheel barrow stresses it. The other thing that will make this load easier to deal with is that I’m having it dumped quite close to the paths. The last load was about 300’ from the target area and that wore me out.

20 yds of fill dirt
20 yds of fill dirt

I’ve mentioned several times that one of the risks with growing cucumbers and squash is that both are prone to infestation by butterfly larva – aka little worms aka caterpillars. The butterfly drills a micro hole in the fruit then deposits an egg which hatches and finds itself born in a food source. This year has been very mild from a butterfly attack standpoint but still occasionally one finds it’s way in. I’ve been trying to examine the fruit more closely while it’s still small and pick the ones that have been breached first. Cleaning around the critter is easy if you catch it early, before it’s really eaten too much. Yesterday my neighbor told me about his solution and I tried it on today’s harvest. I picked three zucchinis and noticed tiny pin holes in one of them. His solution is to soak the zucchini in ice water, literally a bowl of water with ice cubes, and the worms are supposed to come out on their own. Sounded like it could work and sure enough it did. Out came half a dozen or so small white worms about 1/2” long and a little bigger around than 6 pound test fishing line. I’m sure they wouldn’t have lasted a few seconds in the frying pan but getting rid of them before cooking seems so much better.

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